MotorTrend January 2021

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2020 nissan sentra

Nissan has done it. After years of econobox mediocrity, the Sentra matters again. Even without the head-turning two-tone paint of our test car, this Nissan can compete head-on with the Toyota Corolla and almost every other car in the segment. True, this isn’t a comparison test, but judges found it impossible not to consider the new-for-2020 Nissan Sentra against an aging but still excellent class leader. “The Honda Civic looms large,” senior features editor Jonny Lieberman said, “and in terms of engineering excellence, I don’t think the Sentra has it beat.” Still, what an improvement. Like the Civic, the Sentra feels spacious and well designed. Associate road test editor Erick Ayapana said our $26,055 test car “looks more expensive than it is inside and out,” and editor-in-chief Mark Rechtin admitted to looking in…

7 minutos
forbidden fruit

Compared with many of today’s compact SUVs, the 2020 Suzuki Jimny is slow, crude, and cramped. It drives a lot like a mid-’80s rear-drive Japanese car. But it’s also so honest and unpretentious, so full of character and charm, and so surprisingly capable at doing what it was designed to do that it makes you smile every time you slide behind the wheel—something that’s unlikely to ever happen getting into a Toyota RAV4 or Chevy Equinox. In today’s fast-paced, ultra-connected, digitally enhanced automotive world, the Jimny is one of life’s simple pleasures. It’s a simple pleasure with a complicated back story, though. Our Jimny tester was one of the last in the Suzuki U.K. press fleet, as the vehicle has been withdrawn from sale—less than two years after its launch—so Suzuki can…

4 minutos
jon ikeda

Jon Ikeda spent most of his career as a designer before becoming Acura general manager in 2015 and brand officer in 2019. He is working to rebuild the premium performance marque, bringing back its heritage and injecting excitement while further differentiating Acura from the Honda brand. When did you start this latest relaunch of the brand? Maybe 2015. That’s when the NSX came online. And that’s when we were completely reorienting ourselves back to precision-crafted performance, our heritage. If we’re going to be a performance brand, we needed to have the supercar as the halo. … I’m not going to lie to you, we did wander around a little bit, and we’ve refocused. NSX happened, racing happened, A-Specs, but the RDX was one of the first of the next generation of…

3 minutos
2021 acura mdx prototype

Tom Nguyen, Acura’s global development leader for the 2022 Acura MDX, has been waiting four years for this day. In 2016, he and a team of 19 engineers, product planners, and designers met at Acura’s Design Studio in Hawthorne, California, hopped into seven three-row SUVs built by competitors, and set off for a cabin in Mammoth. Over the next week they shared ideas, bickered over what they liked and disliked about those luxury three-rows, and burned the midnight oil to decide what direction they were going to take Acura’s next-generation MDX. “In Honda culture we have this concept called Waigaya,” Nguyen tells us. “People from diverse areas come together and speak as equals, and that’s how we hashed out what we want from the MDX.” Even though what you see here is…

2 minutos
mt confidential

So long, 9,000 rpm. The 992-series Porsche 911 GT3, set to make its debut this year, might be the last with a naturally aspirated engine. Sources inside Porsche’s Weissach R&D center say it is virtually impossible that a naturally aspirated engine will be able to meet the next generation of emissions and fuel consumption regulations. “It’s as if they want us to build nothing but turbocharged engines,” one engineer grumbles. If that happens, the 992 GT3s are certain to become instant classics. Details are scarce, but you can bank on the choice of either a PDK twin-clutch auto or conventional six-speed manual transmission being offered. A wingless Touring version will be included in the lineup, as well. All change for the next-generation Range Rover. Code-named L460, JLR’s flagship SUV is…

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motor trend 5oo

THREE-PART DOCUSERIES, THE MOTOR TREND 500: NASCAR HEADS WEST, SHOWCASES THE HISTORY OF STOCK CAR RACING’S SEMINAL SOCAL EVENT A collaboration between NASCAR, Riverside International Raceway, and Petersen Publishing (the company that founded MotorTrend and Hot Rod magazines), the Motor Trend 500 offered West Coast motorsports enthusiasts an opportunity to see big-money stock car racing for the first time. Traversing the golden age of the muscle car era, the Motor Trend 500 was the longest and richest road course event in the Grand National Series, the precursor to what would become the NASCAR Winston Cup and the modern NASCAR Cup Series. Over a period from 1963 to 1971, some of the greatest drivers to ever race a car—including Richard Petty, Dan Gurney, A.J. Foyt, Parnelli Jones, and Mario Andretti—took to the track…